Northern Lights!October 24th, 2011 at 9:28 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
The Northern Lights have been visible in West Michigan overnight. First, check out this AWESOME VIDEO from Michael Gavan in E. Martin MI. Check out these pictures from Marquette. Here’s a picture from the Space Station! The aurora was confirmed by several knowledgeable viewers and my wife shortly before 8 PM. They’ve weakened some now (12:25 AM) and we have clouds all the way to Lake Michigan that are moving east. It’s been a reddish-greenish glow, visible on the northern horizon almost to overhead at times with minimal flashing. It’ll be hard to see among the city lights and without a view to the northern horizon. Leave a comment if you can see them. Craig James called me and he can see them clearly from Plainfield Twp. I was out in the parking lot and there’s too much light to see much of anything. Jupiter is shining brightly to the east, I can see that. If anyone gets pictures then can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or put them on the WOOD-TV facebook page. Pictures from Kristen Lombard in Montague, Michael Gaven in East Martin and Jordan Auten in Muskegon Co. – click the pictures to enlarge. CHECK OUT this picture from Norway! Here’s pictures of the Northern Lights from Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas, Maryland, New York, Estonia, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Latvia.
From Alan: “CME IMPACT: A coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth’s magnetic field on Oct. 24th around 1837 UT (2:37 pm EDT). The impact strongly compressed our planet’s magnetosphere and may have exposed geosynchronous satellites to solar wind plasma. Mild to moderate geomagnetic storms are possible in the hours ahead as Earth’s magnetic field continues to reverberate from the hit. Sky watchers in Scandinavia, Canada, and northern-tier US States should be alert for auroras, especially during the hours around local midnight. The Auroras are visible down to Illinois, Indiana and Ohio so far. Check http://spaceweather.com for updates.